Microsoft has released a public beta of their new antivirus software Security Essentials a few days ago. The beta was limited to 75000 participants, a number that was reached quickly considering that many wanted to test the new security program.
Security Essentials is at the moment not available on the Microsoft website anymore but it is expected that the final version of the antivirus software will make its debut before the release of Microsoft's next operating system Windows 7.
While many may be perfectly fine with the program, others were interested in how well it would fare against state of the art security software such as Kaspersky Antivirus, Norton Antivirus, Bitdefender, or the free Avira or AVG programs. First tests came just in courtesy of the German AV-Test GMBH company.
Computerworld spoke with the company's manager Andreas Marx who mentioned that they ran preliminary tests with a set of nearly 3,200 common viruses, bot Trojans and worms on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Results were impressive as Security Essentials was able to detect all malicious software in the test and managed to avoid false positive reports as well. Tests with a larger set of viruses, trojans and worms have been scheduled which is why the current results should not be considered final.
Security Essentials did well in this first test though as it was able to detect all the malicious software (which included rootkits as well). This stands in contrast to comments made by other antivirus companies that were trying to be suggestive that Security Essentials was an inferior product.
Update: You can check out the most recent test of the program and other antivirus software programs running on Windows 7 on the AV Test website.
Security Essentials performed below industry average in the most recent test including other free solutions.
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